We are looking for a good, but not a $100 a head restaurant for my wife's 50th birthday Sunday 7/8. (Because we are taking our teenagers also, and going to a broadway matinee too. I don't have an unlimited budget and I'm not sure what the Broadway tix are going to cost yet).
She wants italian food, but she is not big on seafood. She usually gets veal dishes.
She was looking for a place that was known for TV celebrity chefs, like the one's on Food Network or PBS channels. Not the famous chefs that are known in the industry.
This has made it hard to search when I search for celebrity chefs.
We are not big on wine, so we do not need some special wine list.
The quality of the food is the most important.
It doesn't have to be in the theater district as we will be able to bounce around if we do make a matinee and eat afterwards.
A prie fixe would be nice if the place is on the more expensive side.
I have seen Babbo come up in most of my searches, but that seems to be out because it is so hard to get into.
If a place is really, really, really good and a good value, like maybe $60 a head, she wouldn't mind skipping a celebrity chef restaurant.
She had looked into Becco, but thought they were too big on pasta dishes. She likes pasta, but wants something a little more special for her 50th.
Thanks for your input.